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Colleges Scotland, Argyll Court, Castle Business Park, FK9 4TY
£55,000 per year
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35 hours per week
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Job Description

HR Specialist (National Bargaining Lead)
£55,000  (awaiting 2022/23 Pay Award) + 45 days annual leave and Local Government Pension Scheme

1.0 FTE / 35 Hours
Based at Colleges Scotland in Stirling

Please note, Colleges Scotland operates a Hybrid Working Policy and whilst this post is based in Stirling, the successful candidate would not necessarily need to be in the office on a full-time basis.

College Employers Scotland is the body through which the Scottish Government’s Policy of National Bargaining is delivered and implemented by the collective employers in the college sector, in partnership with trade unions.

To enable us to effectively support our members to achieve their collective ambitions and ensure they have the workforce and resources to deliver excellence for students, we have decided to bring in additional resources to directly support and progress the National Bargaining agenda. We are therefore looking to recruit a second National Bargaining Lead with individual responsibility for support staff (GMB, UNISON and Unite) negotiations.

Reporting to the Director of College Employers Scotland, you will build and maintain effective relationships with the relevant trade unions allowing you to develop and secure agreement at both a strategic and operational level to support the programme of National Bargaining and establish, agree and implement national conditions of service for Scotland’s colleges. You will also ensure effective interaction, and establishment and maintenance of productive relationships, with relevant senior sector, Scottish Government and Scottish Funding Council stakeholders to ensure the delivery of a sustainable and ‘fit for the future’ college workforce.

The successful candidate will be an experienced HR professional and a solution-focused negotiator with the ability to demonstrate a track record of success in trade union negotiations and dispute resolution, coupled with relevant experience of, and a passion for, the consultation processes. With the ability to operate effectively and rationally in a highly politicised environment, you will be an accomplished communicator who possesses significant personal drive and resilience and is able to respond creatively to new developments, adjusting priorities accordingly.

This is a unique and exciting opportunity that will directly support a sector involved in increasing inclusive and sustainable economic growth in Scotland. If you would like to find out more about the role, please visit HR Specialist (National Bargaining Lead) - Protocol



For an informal discussion about this role please contact Vicky Wilson ( If you wish to apply for this position, then please send a copy of your CV and a one-page cover letter to

Closing Date for Applications: Monday 17 April 2023

College Employers Scotland is an equal opportunities employer and positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status or pregnancy and maternity.